Penny Mordaunt DEMANDS UK stops giving China a whopping £50MILLION as 'foreign ...

Penny Mordaunt UK China foreign aid Pauline Latham news latestGETTYMs Mordaunt said the public has lost faith in foreign aid spending

The International Development Secretary said the UK should not be giving nearly £50million worth of aid to China as official development assistance (ODA) for projects such as funding the film industry.

She added the public has lost trust in aid spending because of what “we have been doing with their money”.

Speaking to the International Development Select Committee, she said: "I'm not going to say that the cross-Government funds and spending that has gone on in other departments is good.

“It's not where it needs to be.

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"As a general rule not even China thinks it should be an ODA recipient.

“We had a really big moment at the World Bank Spring Meetings with China moving from recipient to donor status."

The Department for International Development theoretically stopped its aid programme in 2011, but figures show other Whitehall departments sent £46.9m to China in 2016 - a rise of £2.6m on the previous year.

Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, said: "It's like change down the back of a sofa for China.

"Why are we spending any money with them? It's a lot of money to Britain but it's nothing to China.

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